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Saturday Night Live is the series that put Tina Fey on the map. The sketch comedy series benefited from Fey's talent, both as a writer and a commentator for years, and while she departed the NBC series a while back, this Saturday night Fey will return as host. This is actually Fey's fourth time hosting SNL, which means one more and she'll join the five-timers club! But that's thinking a bit ahead. Let's focus on this Saturday night and what we can expect from Fey's episode.
Arcade Fire is one thing we can expect, as the band is set to serve as the musical guest, returning to the series for the fourth time. On the sketch side, we can't always predict what a given episode of SNL will offer us. Some kind of Miley Cyrus spoof seems like it would be in order, given her memorable appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, her racy "Wrecking Ball" video or the fact that she just can't seem to keep her tongue in her mouth these days. Kenan Thompson did mention a foam finger in the above promo, which makes me think they have Miley on their minds. But then again, Cyrus is set to host and perform in the second episode of SNL's 39th season, which makes me think they might save their best Miley material for October 5.
Fey jokingly teased Breaking Bad cameos, and while it seemed like she was kidding, I'm now secretly hoping someone from the show will crash a sketch or "Weekend Update" or something, considering it'll be less than 24 hours from the series' finale when this episode of Saturday Night Live airs. Wishful thinking? Probably. It may also be wishful thinking to hope Tina Fey will get her twerk on at some point during the episode...
There's also the newbies to look forward to. With some of the better known cast members departing after last season -- Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis among them -- we have newcomers like Beck Bennett (known for his appearances in the AT&T "It's Not Complicated" commercials), Brooks Wheelan and Noel Wells joining SNL as featured players. Are any of the newcomers the series' next rising stars? There's no way to know, but it'll be great to see how they fit in among the returning veterans.
Saturday Night Live returns Saturday, September 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.